Public debt in a basic endogenous growth model
AbstractWe work out the mechanism that makes public debt affect the allocation of resources in the long-run. To do so we analyze an AK growth model with elastic labor supply and a government sector. The government levies a distortionary income tax and issues bonds to finance lump-sum transfers and non-distortionary public spending. We show that the long-run growth rate is the smaller the higher the debt ratio if the government adjusts public spending to fulfill its inter-temporal budget constraint. If the government adjusts lump-sum transfers the public debt ratio does not affect the balanced growth rate.
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Volume (Year): 29 (2012)
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Government debt; Inter-temporal budget constraint; Public spending; Lump-sum transfers;
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- H61 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Budget; Budget Systems
- O41 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
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